Jewellery is a key part of our everyday style. Whether you like to keep it simple with a few classic pieces or layering on more bold pieces, there is something that suits everyone, and even better if it also looks after our local businesses, people and planet.
If anything, this pandemic has come to show that there are many marginalised communities and systems that are worthy of our attention. These local labels not only do the work in reducing the carbon footprint of their products, but also ensure transparent supply chains, with many championing ethical labour practices, connecting artisans from developing countries to steady livelihoods and income.
And as retail stores still closed from time of writing, there is no better time than the current to show your support through your dollar, with these smaller, local businesses that are doing the work for the planet and its inhabitants.
If you can’t afford it right now, there are other ways you can show your support, such as leaving them a review on Google/Facebook, telling your friends about the businesses that might interest them, like/commenting/sharing on their social posts and articles like these, and following their business pages and accounts.
Luxury is not compromised with sustainability with Scéona’s fine jewellery pieces. Stylish and minimal, they are made exclusively through luxurious materials that are not directly-mined, which can be heavily polluting the planet, and instead use18 karats recycled gold and cultured diamonds. Plus, all packaging comes 100% sustainable and the label performs controls to ensure that no child labour is involved in its supply chains, with main workshops from India coming ISO certified. Fine jewellery can certainly be both respectful and transparent.
Eden + Elie
Exquisitely made with local flavour, Eden + Elie blends intricate artisanal bead weaving with Delica seed beads responsibly sourced from India, China, and Mexico. Their pieces range from necklaces, to earrings, bangles and bracelets and are perfect for those looking to add a touch of refinement into their style. The brand also hires individuals with autism from the Autism Resource Center, allowing them to acquire the skills of bead-weaving artisans. Plus, they are transparent about their supply chain and their sources.
These stunning resin jewellery are designed and handcrafted in Singapore using eco-friendly bioresin (resin) and eco-materials. Compared to traditional resin that is comprised of primarily petroleum-based materials, bioresins contain biobased renewable materials sourced as co-products or from waste streams of other industrial processes, such as wood pulp and bio-fuels production.
These eclectic pieces of jewellery are made from Woon Hung, a local jewellery label that not only makes jewellery with renewable materials such as natural wood, but are handmade by skilled artisans from Cebu, Philippines, with each bead going through multiple hands and hours to craft. Each purchase you make helps provide for the families of these craftsmen.
If you’re looking for a wedding ring with extra meaning, you’ve come to the right place. Minimal and delicate, local label Covenant makes classic jewellery handmade by Cambodian artisans, ensuring that they are given fair pay, healthcare, and a positive work environment. Their site also links to a page where you can get to know the artisan who directly makes their jewellery, which ranges from earrings, necklaces, to wedding bands.
Artisan & Fox
A jewellery label with a difference - Artisan & Fox is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering artisans in our region. The enterprise identifies traditional techniques to co-create or boost production for local artisans, which still remains a primary source of income for those in developing countries. For instance, the latest collection comes in lapis lazuli pieces and are inspired byIslamic architecture, and are ethically handmade by artisans in the Old City of Kabul. The brand also provides 50% of the gross profits of each sale direct to each artisan.